U.S. unemployment data exclude millions who stopped job search

02/7/2012 | Washington Post, The

The drop in the U.S. unemployment rate, now at its lowest in three years, masks the fact that millions of unemployed people aren't counted because they've given up the search for work. The unemployment rate would be 9.9%, not 8.3%, if official statistics counted the 2.8 million people who stopped looking for jobs.

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